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Posted: October 16th, 2013 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 165c, 80C, business card, Business Cards, classic crest, custom duplex, custom letterpress, edge color, Letterpress, mohawk via, neenah, safety yellow, shift labs, solar white, vellum | Comments Off

SHIFT LAB, a web and mobile developer, embraced the beauty of materials when designing their business cards that we produced a while back.

For the logo side of the card we used Mohawk Via Vellum Safety Yellow, in an 80# cover, which is a stock that is vibrant in color without being fluorescent. The logo was printed using a tonal ink, creating just a subtle color change between paper and logo.

The information side of the business card was letterpress printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Smooth 165# cover with a black letterpress ink as well as a custom mixed yellow ink that matches the Mohawk stock on the reverse.

After printing the two stocks were custom duplexed together, for a card with a total thickness of 245#, and the edges were colored black.

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Fame Speakeasy Invitations

Posted: November 29th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 100c, 110c, blind, classic crest, custom invitations, eclipse black, Fame Retail, Invitations, Invitations (non wedding), Letterpress, letterpress invitations, minneapolis, neenah, open house, royal complements, silver ink, solar white, speakeasy, tonal varnish, wausau | Comments Off

The fine folks over at Fame Retail hold an annual open house for industry friends and clients, building the theme around the booze and munchies they plan on serving each year (you may remember these bingo cards and these fair themed beauties). This year, with a nod to 1920′s prohibition, their team created a speakeasy theme across a set of cards that included mustachioed gents, pin-curled ladies, icons of delicate linework, and plenty of liquor lingo.

The card set was comprised of two stocks, Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110C and Wausau Royal Compelments Eclipse Black 100c. The white cards were letterpress printed with a blind (inkless) impression before we ran them through the press for a pass of  black ink. Silver ink and a tonal letterpress varnish were used on the black cards.

To top it all off, these invites just won PaperSpecs Gallery’s Take Note Award. Be sure to check out the nice video posted on the PaperSpecs blog.

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Nara Business Cards

Posted: July 20th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 200c, Business Cards, classic crest, craig duffney, custom business cards, die cut, gradient, Letterpress, letterpress printing, nara, neenah, round corners, solar white, split fountain | Comments Off

More and more clients are starting to request split fountain printing, where we put two ink colors on the same roller to acheive a gradient. Craig Duffney, a longtime friend of Studio On Fire, designed these cards for Nara, a web personalization tool. In this instance, the pink to purple split fountain is a direct callback to the gradient background of the Nara website. After two passes through the press and duplexing back to themselves, the cards were finished with a custom rounded corner diecut.

Letterpress printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 200C.

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Ilumini Photography Arts Business Card

Posted: June 19th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: Business Cards, classic crest, custom letterpress, Design, diecut, duplex, eclipse black, Letterpress, letterpress printing, silver, solar white, tonal, varnish, wausau | Comments Off

Utilizing their existing logo, we designed and produced these cards for  Ilumini Photography Arts, a wedding and fine art photographer based out of Hawaii. After creating a type lockup for the contact information we designed a custom diecut that would elegantly frame the ornate “I” logo.

Letterpress printed with metallic silver ink on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110C and a tonal varnish on the Wausau Royal Complements Eclipse Black 100C, these stocks were duplexed after printing before receiving the final diecut.

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Kate Arends Wedding Roundup

Posted: April 18th, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 140c, 165c, classic crest, custom letterpress, custom wedding design, edge color, french, french poptone, gold, green envelope, kate arends, Letterpress, letterpress printing, natural white, neenah classic crest, sweet tooth, Wedding, wedding suite, whipped cream | Comments Off

We’ve had the pleasure of printing several wedding suites designed by local Minneapolis creative Kate Arends. A full-time designer over at Cue, Kate also freelances and does a beautiful job curating her blog Wit + Delight.

Sized to fit in preexisting #10 envelope, the first suite is printed with three inks on Neenah Classic Crest Natural white 165C with a flash of metallic gold edge coloring. No checkboxes in sight, the RSVP is cleverly designed as one card perforated down the middle–allowing the guest to respond with a hearty “YES” response card or use the alternate “Regretfully Decline” postcard.


We love the bold graphic nature, humorous wording and great use of an inline font on this second suite. Printed on French Poptone Sweet Tooth 140C, the invitation card scores twice to z-fold into the envelope. Though the cards use only black ink, the fluorescent green envelope, Mohawk’s BridteHue in UltraLime, adds a punch of color.

Update // See Jon and Alecia’s entire wedding over on 100 Layer Cake.


Lastly, there’s a wedding suite and save the date Kate designed for an Australian bride out of Adelaide. Filled with elegant typographic lockups and textured backgrounds, this was printed with gold ink on French Poptone Whipped Cream 140C .

BEDROC Stationery

Posted: November 22nd, 2011 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: Business Cards, classic crest, custom duplex, edge coloring, Letterpress, metallic, natural, neenah, recycled white, slate, stationery, varnish | Comments Off

Perky Bros recently sent this gem of a stationery system our way. You may remember the gorgeous typographic and woodgrain wedding invitations we printed for Jeff a couple years back and we’re happy to share another one of his projects that’s fresh off the press.

This stationery system for BEDROC is a great example of how a designer can curate a combination of materials to support the overall design aesthetic of their project. The business cards are printed on Neenah Classic Crest Slate 80lb cover custom duplexed to Neenah Classic Crest Recycled Natural White 100lb cover. A subtle tonal letterpress varnish graces both sides of the card with an additional ink for the contact information. A zing of copper metallic on all 4 edges incorporates an element of elegance. Notecards are printed on Neenah Classic Crest Recycled 100 Natural White 80C, custom duplexed to make 160C, share the same ink colors and also show off that metallic edge. The letterhead, on Neenah Classic Crest Recycled Natural White 80lb text, and envelope, on Neenah Classic Crest Antique Gray 24W, round out the system using 2 inks that are common to the rest of the materials.

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Webb de Vlam Edge Color Business Cards

Posted: May 13th, 2011 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: 165lbC, bright, Business Cards, classic crest, edge color, edge tipping, Letterpress, neenah, shell sheets, solar white, spot color, thick, webb de vlam | Comments Off

This business card was designed by Webb de Vlam as part of their new identity launch. With design offices in both London and Chicago, they wanted a card that would surprise and delight clients and employees. The variety of bright accent color truly brings this project to life. The overlapping colors in the logo mark also create dimension by overprinting ink colors – a nice print interpretation of the online media logo.

The business cards are letterpress printed on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 165lb C with four spot Pantone colors. There are three spot gray colors common to all the cards – that was the easy part.  What made things interesting were the ten additional accent colors that switch out on the logo and edges – each person in the company receiving a palette of four color versions.

There has definitely been a trend toward larger companies using letterpress printing in their identities. We manage business card projects for companies with one person, or several hundred employees. These type of projects are most effective when they are planned with shell sheets in mind. A shell is a sheet with multiple cards ganged up that has all the common colors and logo already printed. That way, when a new hire or reorder occurs, we have those sheets on hand and ready to imprint on future orders. Typically, this works best and is most cost effective when the variable information on a card is planned in only one color. We advise companies to think about their card needs inside the next 18-24 months when ordering shells. Contact us to establish a letterpress business card production plan for your company.

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